To find our existing preserves and natural areas, explore the map and list below. PLEASE NOTE: To learn about properties that we are currently working to protect – but are not yet complete and therefore not on the map below – please visit page our Active Projects page. Also, please know not all properties are easily accessed during the winter months. For winter access please see the Winter Access/Plowed Properties list.

GTRLC PROTECTED LAND TYPES

Below are the property types that are open to the public.

Nature Preserves

Nature Preserves

Parks & Natural Areas

Parks & Natural Areas

Sanctuaries

Sanctuaries

Ecologically Managed Forest

Ecologically Managed Forests

Acme Shoreline (UA)

Grand Traverse County / 4 Acres

  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Swimming
  • Universal Access
Park or Natural Area

Antrim Creek Natural Area

Antrim County / 156 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Trail Running
Park or Natural Area

Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve (UA)

Benzie County, Manistee County / 3800 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running
  • Universal Access
Nature Preserve

Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve (UA)

Manistee County / 313 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Universal Access
Nature Preserve

Arcadia Sunset Beach

Manistee County / 10 Acres

  • Birding
  • Parking
  • Swimming
Park or Natural Area

Battle Creek Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 253 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
Park or Natural Area

Bauer Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 362 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
Nature Preserve

Betsie Dunes Nature Sanctuary

Benzie County / 88.56 Acres

  • Hunting
Sanctuary

Brinkman Bog Nature Sanctuary

Grand Traverse County / 51 Acres

  • Hunting
Sanctuary

Bullhead Lake Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 28 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
Park or Natural Area

Carter Strong Nature Sanctuary

Grand Traverse County / 6 Acres

  • Birding
Sanctuary

Cedar River Natural Area

Antrim County / 193 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
Park or Natural Area

Cedar Run Creek Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 318 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing
Park or Natural Area

Cosner & Bennett-Barnes Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 135 Acres

  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
Nature Preserve

Coy Mountain

Antrim County

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Scenic Vistas
Park or Natural Area

Deepwater Point

Grand Traverse County / 17 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Parking
  • Swimming
Park or Natural Area

Elberta Dunes South Natural Area

Benzie County / 58 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
Park or Natural Area

Elisabeth Parr Nature Sanctuary

Benzie County / 5 Acres

    Sanctuary

    Embayment Lakes Nature Preserve

    Benzie County

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Scenic Vistas
    Nature Preserve

    Finch Creek Nature Sanctuary

    Antrim County / 56 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hunting
    Sanctuary

    Fruithaven Nature Preserve

    Benzie County / 176 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking
    Nature Preserve

    Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area

    Antrim County / 765 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Mountain Biking
    • Parking
    • Scenic Vistas
    • Skiing
    • Trail Running
    Park or Natural Area

    Golden Days Loon Nature Sanctuary

    Antrim County / 18 Acres

      Sanctuary

      Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve

      Benzie County / 242 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking / Snowshoeing
      • Hunting
      • Parking
      • Scenic Vistas
      • Swimming
      • Trail Running
      Nature Preserve

      Halladay-Blackhurst-Chowning Nature Preserve

      Grand Traverse County / 40 Acres

      • Hiking / Snowshoeing
      • Hunting
      • Parking
      • Trail Running
      Nature Preserve

      Hickory Meadows

      Grand Traverse County / 116 Acres

      • Hiking / Snowshoeing
      • Parking
      • Skiing
      • Trail Running
      Park or Natural Area

      Howard and Mary Dunn Edwards Nature Sanctuary

      Grand Traverse County / 77 Acres

      • Hunting
      • Parking
      Sanctuary

      John J. Helstrom Quiet Area

      Benzie County / 40 Acres

        Sanctuary

        Kewadin Wetlands Nature Sanctuary

        Antrim County / 40 Acres

        • Hunting
        Sanctuary

        Lake Ann Beach (Almira Township Lakefront Park)

        Benzie County / 2 Acres

          Park or Natural Area

          Loon Nursery Natural Area

          Antrim County / 32 Acres

          • Birding
          • Hiking / Snowshoeing
          • Parking
          Park or Natural Area

          Lower Woodcock Lake Nature Preserve

          Benzie County / 230 Acres

          • Birding
          • Fishing
          • Hiking / Snowshoeing
          • Hunting
          • Kayaking / Canoeing
          • Scenic Vistas
          Nature Preserve

          Man Made Lake

          Manistee County / 14 Acres

          • Fishing
          • Hiking / Snowshoeing
          • Parking
          • Swimming
          Park or Natural Area

          Maple Bay Farm

          Grand Traverse County / 11 Acres

          • Birding
          • Hiking / Snowshoeing
          • Parking
          • Skiing
          • Swimming
          Nature Preserve

          Maple Bay Natural Area

          Grand Traverse County / 452 Acres

          • Birding
          • Hiking / Snowshoeing
          • Hunting
          • Parking
          • Skiing
          • Swimming
          Park or Natural Area

          Maplehurst Natural Area

          Antrim County / 389 Acres

          • Birding
          • Fishing
          • Hiking / Snowshoeing
          • Kayaking / Canoeing
          • Mountain Biking
          • Scenic Vistas
          • Skiing
          • Trail Running
          Park or Natural Area

          Medenbrook Nature Sanctuary

          Benzie County / 37 Acres

          • Hunting
          Sanctuary

          Milton Township Waterfront Park

          Antrim County / 10 Acres

          • Kayaking / Canoeing
          • Parking
          • Swimming
          • Universal Access
          Park or Natural Area

          Misty Acres: The Borwell Preserve

          Benzie County, Manistee County / 627 Acres

          • Hiking / Snowshoeing
          • Hunting
          • Parking
          • Skiing
          Nature Preserve

          Mitchell Creek Nature Sanctuary

          Grand Traverse County / 128 Acres

          • Hunting
          Sanctuary

          Mt. Minnie Nature Preserve

          Benzie County

          • Birding
          • Hiking / Snowshoeing
          • Scenic Vistas
          Nature Preserve

          Nana's Woods Nature Sanctuary

          Benzie County

            Sanctuary

            North Skegemog Nature Sanctuary

            Antrim County / 37 Acres

              Sanctuary

              Papoose Lake Nature Sanctuary

              Kalkaska County / 46 Acres

              • Hunting
              Sanctuary

              Pearl Lake

              Benzie County / 249 Acres

              • Birding
              • Fishing
              • Hunting
              • Kayaking / Canoeing
              Park or Natural Area

              Pelizzari Natural Area

              Grand Traverse County / 62 Acres

              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Parking
              • Skiing
              • Trail Running
              Park or Natural Area

              Petobego Creek Natural Area

              Grand Traverse County / 240 Acres

              • Birding
              • Hunting
              • Parking
              Park or Natural Area

              Pyatt Lake: The Bill Carls Nature Preserve

              Grand Traverse County / 159 Acres

              • Birding
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Parking
              • Scenic Vistas
              • Universal Access
              Nature Preserve

              Railroad Point Natural Area

              Benzie County / 207 Acres

              • Birding
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Parking
              • Scenic Vistas
              • Swimming
              Park or Natural Area

              Ransom Lake Natural Area

              Benzie County / 220 Acres

              • Birding
              • Fishing
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Parking
              • Skiing
              • Trail Running
              • Universal Access
              Park or Natural Area

              Reffitt Nature Preserve (George & Ada Reffitt Nature Preserve)

              Grand Traverse County / 106 Acres

              • Birding
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Parking
              Nature Preserve

              Sagaser Nature Sanctuary

              Benzie County / 20 Acres

              • Hunting
              Sanctuary

              Seven Bridges

              Kalkaska County / 314 Acres

              • Birding
              • Fishing
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Parking
              Park or Natural Area

              Skegemog Lake Wildlife Area

              Antrim County, Kalkaska County / 3300 Acres

              • Fishing
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Parking
              • Skiing
              Park or Natural Area

              South & Fox Island Nature Preserves

              Grand Traverse County / 24 Acres

              • Fishing
              • Kayaking / Canoeing
              • Scenic Vistas
              • Swimming
              Nature Preserve

              South Boardman Preserve

              Kalkaska County / 111 Acres

              • Birding
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Parking
              Park or Natural Area

              South Branch Nature Preserve

              Grand Traverse County / 47 Acres

              • Fishing
              • Hunting
              • Parking
              Nature Preserve

              South Long Lake Forest

              Grand Traverse County / 228 Acres

              • Birding
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Parking
              • Skiing
              • Trail Running
              Park or Natural Area

              St. Clair Lake-Six Mile Lake Nature Preserve (UA)

              Antrim County / 255 Acres

              • Birding
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Kayaking / Canoeing
              • Parking
              • Universal Access
              Nature Preserve

              The Gorge Nature Sanctuary

              Grand Traverse County / 18 Acres

              • Hunting
              Sanctuary

              Timbers Recreation Area

              Grand Traverse County / 250 Acres

              • Fishing
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Parking
              • Skiing
              • Swimming
              • Trail Running
              • Universal Access
              Park or Natural Area

              Torch Bay Nature Preserve

              Antrim County / 38 Acres

              • Birding
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Kayaking / Canoeing
              • Parking
              • Swimming
              Park or Natural Area

              Torch Lake Nature Preserve

              Antrim County / 95 Acres

              • Birding
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Scenic Vistas
              • Trail Running
              Nature Preserve

              Torch River Ridge: A Cotanche Family Legacy

              Antrim County / 290 Acres

              • Birding
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Parking
              • Scenic Vistas
              • Trail Running
              Nature Preserve

              Trapp Farm Nature Preserve

              Benzie County / 140 Acres

              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              Nature Preserve

              Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve

              Benzie County / 180 Acres

              • Birding
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Kayaking / Canoeing
              • Parking
              Nature Preserve

              Upper Manistee Headwaters: The Milock Family Preserve

              Kalkaska County / 1288 Acres

              • Birding
              • Fishing
              • Hiking / Snowshoeing
              • Hunting
              • Mountain Biking
              • Parking
              • Scenic Vistas
              • Skiing
              • Universal Access
              Nature Preserve

              W.L. Criger Wetland Nature Sanctuary

              Antrim County / 5 Acres

                Sanctuary

                Wilcox-Palmer-Shah Nature Preserve

                Antrim County / 57.64 Acres

                • Birding
                • Parking
                • Swimming
                Nature Preserve

                Wintergreen Woods Nature Preserve

                Grand Traverse County

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                Nature Preserve

                Yuba Creek Natural Area

                Grand Traverse County / 413 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                • Scenic Vistas
                • Skiing
                • Trail Running
                Park or Natural Area